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Saturday, 7 September 2013

Righteous Park in Bucheon: Ahn Jung-geun Park

Ahn Jung-geun Park (Hanja: 安重根公園) or previously known as Jungdong Park (Hangul/Hanja: 중동공원/中洞公園) is located at 236 Songnae Boulevard/Songnae-daero, Jungdong 1169-beonji, Bucheon Wonmi-gu, Gyeonggi Province. This park is commemorating to a Korean Independence Activist, Thomas Ahn Jung-geun (Born: July 16th, 1879 - Executed: March 26th, 1910) who bravely assassinated Ito Hirobumi for the sake of Korean Independence. 

The statue of Thomas Ahn Jung-geun was built and set up in Harbin by Korean businessman Lee Jin-hak in January 2006. Due to Chinese opposition to the project, the statue was torn down and kept at Lee's office for over three years before making its way to Korea through Incheon Port on September 1st 2009. 

This statue was moved to Jungdong Park next to Bucheon City Hall on October 22nd 2009 after temporarily displayed outside the National Assembly's memorial hall in Seoul. An unveiling ceremony will be held on the October 26th 2009 to mark the centennial of the freedom fighter's assassination of Japanese colonial leader Ito Hirobumi in Harbin, China. Thus, the name of Jungdong Park is changed into Ahn Jung-geun Park.

This righteous park is accessible by using either SMRT Line 7 to Station 755: Bucheon City Hall Station (부천시청역/富川市廳驛) or KORAIL-Seoul Metro Line 1 to Station 150: Songnae Station (송내역/松內驛).

Why Thomas Ahn killed Ito?
There are 15 reasons why I killed Ito:
1. Assassinating the Korean Empress Myeongseong
2. Dethroning the Emperor Gojong
3. Forcing 14 unequal treaties on Korea.
4. Massacring innocent Koreans
5. Usurping the authority of the Korean government by force
6. Plundering Korean railroads, mines, forests, and rivers
7. Forcing the use of Japanese banknotes
8. Disbanding the Korean armed forces
9. Obstructing the education of Koreans
10.Banning Koreans from studying abroad
11.Confiscating and burning Korean textbooks
12.Spreading a rumor around the world that Koreans wanted Japanese protection
13.Deceiving the Japanese Emperor by saying that the relationship between Korea and Japan was peaceful when in truth it was full of hostility and conflicts
14.Breaking the peace of Asia.
15.Assassinating the Emperor Komei.

I killed Ito Hirobumi because he disturbed the peace of the Orient and estranged the relationship between Korea and Japan. I hope that if Korea and Japan be friendlier and are ruled peacefully, they would be a model all throughout the five continents. I did not kill Ito misunderstanding his intentions.

Korean Version
내가 이토를 죽인 이유 15가지:
1. 한국의 명성황후를 시해한 죄
2. 고종황제를 폐위시킨 죄
3. 5조약과 7조약을 강제로 맺은 죄
4. 무고한 한국인들을 학살한 죄
5. 정권을 강제로 빼앗은 죄
6. 철도, 광산, 산림, 천택을 강제로 빼앗은 죄
7. 제일은행권 지폐를 강제로 사용한 죄
8. 군대를 해산시킨 죄
9. 교육을 방해한 죄
10.한국인들의 외국 유학을 금지시킨 죄
11.교과서를 압수하여 불태워 버린 죄
12.한국인이 일본인의 보호를 받고자 한다고 세계에 거짓말을 퍼뜨린 죄
13.현재 한국과 일본 사이에 경쟁이 쉬지 않고 살육이 끊이지 않는데 태평 무사한 것처럼 위로 천황을 속인 죄
14.동양 평화를 깨뜨린 죄
15.일본 천황의 아버지 태황제를 죽인 죄

내가 이토를 죽인 이유는 이토가 있으면 동양의 평화를 어지럽게 하고 한일간이 멀어지기 때문에 한국의 의병 중장의 자격으로 죄인을 처단한 것이다. 그리고 나는 한일 양국이 더 친밀해지고, 또 평화롭게 다스려지면 나아가서 오대주에도 모범이 돼 줄 것을 희망하고 있었다. 결코 나는 오해하고 죽인 것은 아니다.